Journal of Applied & Computational Mathematics

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On Hydromagnetic Channel Flow of an Oldroyd-B Fluid Induced by Tooth Pulses in a Rotating System


Ghosh S

An initial value problem concerning the motion of an incompressible electrically conducting viscoelastic Oldroyd-B fluid in a channel bounded by two infinite rigid non-conducting plates in presence of an external transverse magnetic field when both the fluid and the plates are in a state of solid body rotation with constant angular velocity about an axis normal to the plates is solved. The unsteady motion is generated impulsively from rest in such a fluid when the upper plate is subjected to velocity tooth pulses with the lower plate held fixed. It is assumed that no electric current exists in the basic state and the magnetic Reynolds number is very small. Exact solutions of the problem are obtained by utilizing two methods, of them, one is the method of Fourier analysis and the other is the method of Laplace transforms. The enquiries are made about the velocity field and the skin-friction on the walls. It is shown that both the methods give the same exact solution of the problem. The influence of rotation, the magnetic field and the elasticity of the fluid on the components of fluid velocity and the wall skin-frictions are examined quantitatively. Some known results are found to emerge as special cases of the present analysis.


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